Mercury Theatre

6901 Pearl Road,
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

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TomMc11
TomMc11 on May 23, 2017 at 9:13 am

The Middleburg Heights history link above no longer works. The main website is still up, but the history.php part is now just history/ Doesn’t matter though, I cannot find any pictures or slide shows anymore.

Mister_Fritz
Mister_Fritz on July 3, 2014 at 6:07 am

07.03.14 Nice Site! First time visitor. The Mercury Was demolished and first replaced by a new Office Depot store. Office Depot did not last long, and the store is now occupied by JoAnn Fabrics. Growing up in nearby Parma Heights, I have many fond memories of the Mercury.

rivest266
rivest266 on January 19, 2014 at 11:55 am

Mercury grand opening ad May 18th, 1950 uploaded in the photo section

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on November 13, 2011 at 2:30 pm

The heading needs to be corrected: the address was 6901 Pearl Road; and as a twin it had 1400 seats, 700 each auditorium.

I remember when the Merc re-opened after twinning that the Cinema II side had seats installed only in the back third because they ran out of time. In fact they were still mopping the dust off the floor when the picture started, a Geo. C. Scott picture I forget the title. They finished the seat install during the night.

chspringer
chspringer on June 24, 2011 at 4:47 pm

In the photos in the link above, along with slides 4, 15 and 16, check out slide 14. It shows the Pearl Road Drive-in theater.

dvdfrnz
dvdfrnz on June 24, 2011 at 2:37 am

For an old aerial view of the theatre go to

http://www.middleburgheights.com/history.php

Scroll down the page to the slide show

View slide show pics 04, 15, 16

dvdfrnz
dvdfrnz on June 18, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Here are some nice pics from 1977, ‘82 & '83 http://americanclassicimages.com/Default.aspx?tabid=141&txtSearch=CATAdvancedSearch1,35,3,1830&catpagesize=25

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

May 18th, 1950 ad is at View link

rivest266
rivest266 on March 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

May 18th, 1950 ad is at View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 14, 2011 at 2:30 am

Here is a fresh link to the August 5, 1950, Boxoffice article about the Mercury Theatre. It continues on the subsequent page (click their “next page” link.)

raynageotte
raynageotte on September 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

I remember hearing about a concert held in the theatre but I did not attend. I heard it was very crowded and unrully and the theatre got damaged—torn seats etc… so they never had another concert there again.

ahna
ahna on August 2, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Back in the 60’s I believe Mercury held possibly it’s one and only rock concert which I attended.I swear it was the James Gang and King Crimson.Does anyone remember this or any concert?

raynageotte
raynageotte on July 26, 2010 at 7:51 am

Yeah! Lots of seats. I remember standing room only! People would stand along the side walls, and even in the lobby behind a short wall to see the movie. This was in the sixties. My first movie there was Mantis—a late fifties monster movie. I was about 9 then.
Ray

tdown
tdown on July 20, 2010 at 9:40 pm

sigh. the mercury. best there ever was. far ahead of its time. i believe the theatre was set up stadium style and had larger seats than other places from back then. also accomodated more people too.
and i miss the cool intro before a movie began. last movie i saw there was singles, summer 1992.

raynageotte
raynageotte on May 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Nice article from the Box Office magazine! Great pics also. I remember in the late 1950’s and 60’s the starlike-space designs on the walls and even over the drinking water fountains. And the large sofa in the lobby. The men’s restroom had a small sitting parlor in it with ash trays and chairs.
Ray Nageotte (Frenchy)
Midpark class of 69

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 16, 2010 at 11:46 pm

An article about the Mercury Theatre appeared in Boxoffice of August 5, 1950. There are four photos. The decoration of the house was by the Hanns Teichert Studios of Chicago, and the architects were the Cleveland firm of Matzinger & Grosel (Paul Matzinger and Rudolph Grosel.)

The opening date of the Mercury Theatre was May 18, 1950. The style should be listed as Art Moderne rather than Art Deco. Boxoffice of May 20, 1950, gave the original seating capacity as a generous 1,600.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on November 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Nice pictures, they do not make them like that any more.

raynageotte
raynageotte on November 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm

As kids, we snuck up to the adult smoking lounge to smoke. We felt really cool. No one complained. But we did get a warning at times by the ushers when they caught us smoking in the mens restroom lounge.

hotspace1
hotspace1 on November 4, 2009 at 10:45 am

And now Joann Fabrics occupies the building where the Mercury Theater once stood.

zabriskie
zabriskie on January 23, 2009 at 1:18 am

I SAW MANY MOVIES AT THE mercury as a child and teen WAR AND PEACE (!) DADDY LONG LEGS, but usually went to the Berea. The Mercury had a nice style. What was really cool was the circular Peter Pan restaurant beside it in the parking lot. The Guggenheim of middleburg Hts. Too bad the only architecturally significant building in thne area are gone.Well, I hear Halle’s is still there at Souithgl;and. I’m in LA now so only occassionally get to check it out.

itzibitz
itzibitz on March 10, 2008 at 8:13 am

The building is not empty now—a mega JoAnn Fabric store.

I saw “The Wizard of Oz” in this theater and remember jumping out of my seat when the witch appeared! I ran to the back of theater and cowered behind the ‘walls’ that divided the seated area from the concession area (which I just a had a perfect vision of!).

…can’t imagine all the films I enjoyed here. A darn shame it and the spirit of a neighborhood theater couldn’t survive.

brustar
brustar on January 24, 2005 at 6:49 pm

It’s not an Office Max. It was Office Depot. They tore down the Mercury to build an Office Depot. Office Depot left the Cleveland market a year later and the building has been empty ever since.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on July 28, 2004 at 6:03 am

Does anyone have a photo (inside or out) they’d be willing to email to me? I remember a visit there during a GCC Manager Meeting tour in the late 1980’s. I wish I’d had the forsight to bring a camera with me during those years!